TV CRITIC’S CORNER
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Yes, Netflix is ending “House of Cards,” which it should have done a long while back since the show’s quality has steadily fallen over the years since its 2013 premiere. The streaming service suspended production this week of what would be the sixth and final season of the series after star Kevin Spacey was accused by actor Anthony Rapp of making sexual advances on him when Rapp was 14, but the end was already nigh for the drama that essentially put Netflix’s original series on the map.
But the “Cards”-verse just may stick around, according to Variety. Netflix is moving forward with plans for a “House of Cards” spinoff, the platform’s first spinoff, with a number of different scenarios under consideration. One possible spinoff would focus on Doug Stamper, the chief of staff played by Michael Kelly in the first five seasons. That series would be written by Eric Roth. Two others spinoff ideas are also being considered, although its not clear which characters they would involve.
HBO is playing a similar game with “Game of Thrones,” which has only one short season left. The pay cable channel is considering five competing spinoff ideas at this point, in a bid to hold onto the “Thrones” audience after the mother ship has sunk.
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